Nigeria is the 6th largest supplier of oil to the United States. The U.S. people consume 500,000 barrels of oil a day from Nigeria.
Oil companies in the U.S. promised that the flow of money into Nigeria was going to make life a lot better for the people.
This was an outright lie to the Nigerian people so that oil companies could profit. What most Americans are kept in the dark about is how their consumption of oil is killing the people of Nigeria.
Worse, big oil executives have known what is happening to Nigeria because of the oil trade for years now, but still they continue to use their Washington lobbyists to delay solar power development.
The video you are about to see shows how the oil trade in Nigeria has enriched politicians both in the U.S. and Nigeria, as well as the big oil companies, while bringing suffering to ordinary people.
The Nigerian government is demolishing average Nigerian homes and churches to make room for luxury housing for rich oil executives and their American workers.
A pastor is powerless as his church is demolished because of the oil trade. He says, “The oil boom has become the oil doom.”
A woman who has just had her home demolished, in the name of oil, clutches her young children and begs, “I need help. I need help.”
Bible thumping Republicans who think that business is good and government is bad need to pull their heads out of the sand and watch this video and educate themselves about the evil oil trade with Nigeria in the name of business.
The goal of business is to increase profits. If people need to lose their homes, then so be it. What is important is to increase profits. In some aspects, the big Health Insurance companies in the U.S. are a good lesson of what happens with the unchecked pursuit of profit. How many people in America, like people in Nigeria, have been killed in the pursuit of profit? How many Americans have died because their coverage was denied? How many people who work in fast food or the restaurant business work without health insurance of any kind? How many hard working adults who play by all the rules are doomed to poverty because they are being charged $800, even a $1,000 or more a month for health insurance for a relatively healthy family of three?
We now see what America has become after 8 years of Republican control in which business was allowed to reign free with little, if any, governmental oversight.
Originally posted 2009-08-27 10:35:49.